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LibreOffice 5, a foundation for the future

The release of the next major version of LibreOffice, the 5.0, is approaching fast. In several ways this is an unique release and I’d like to explain a bit why. LibreOffice matters as much for its features as it does as a platform. Every major release of our office suite …

Forward into the land of Emacs

 A few months ago I reported about my advancement in my use of Emacs. This post will be a report of my further progress. Quick reminder: I started using emacs for project management and working on web sites. I still do that today, even though I spent much less time …

Eyes & Ears – June edition

Welcome to this month’s edition of Eyes and Ears. Today we have a rather eclectic choice as we’ll listen to ambient music, deep house, as well as rock and folk tracks. And without much further ado, let’s start with one of my favourite artists, Melorman, who’s often featured in the …

Silos & Peers

Since a few years already one of the main buzzwords of the I.T. industry is the Cloud. I do not mean to suggest that cloud computing is only a buzzword, far from that, and several articles of these blogs actually explain the opposite. This post won’t be about a buzzword …

Mandriva : An obituary

Mandriva is certainly a rather unique company; it has also been the company for which I was privileged enough to work two times, one in 2003 as an intern for several months. Back then I used to handle the national resellers’network. The second time was ten years afterwards in 2012 …

Software Commons vs. Product

One regular reader of this blog contacted me a few days ago to share a few suggestions and some concerns about the LibreOffice project. I did not agree with many of the points he was making, but a few of them made sense. I’d like to discuss the main one, …

Music players on Linux: choice or confusion?

Using Linux on the desktop on your computers will lead anyone to rely on a media or music player. A media player may not play movies (contrary to a movie player) but should be able to handle playlists, albums, and podcasts. What people quickly discover though is that the Linux …

Eyes & Ears – May Edition

Welcome to the May edition of Eyes & Ears! First let me apologize for the issues with the server that happened this week; a series of incidents happened but everything’s running back again, thanks to Daniel Memetic who’s been hosting this blog for quite a long number of years. Daniel …

Numbers & Names

When the Document Foundation announced its release policy, few people besides IT professionals understood why we were telling people about two distinct stable branches for LibreOffice. The truth is, not only do many FOSS projects share this kind of release policy, but software vendors producing proprietary software often have very …

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